The importance of ensuring full and purposeful days for older people and people with dementia is paramount to our overall care programme.
Without stimulation our brains deteriorate and our minds wander, leading to frustration, withdrawal and depression. People need to be listened to and have their ideas and opinions respected. They want to contribute to their home life and be valued for the person they are and have always been.
Through extensive social and therapeutic activities programmes we aim to stimulate each area of the mind and body in an attempt to slow down progression of disease and offer people quality of life with new and past experiences and companionship.
Activities co-ordinators are employed in all homes to oversee the day to day social programme and provide specific support for people with dementia, to engage them in daily activities that are familiar to them.
We encourage residents to take part in activities such as gardening, flower arranging, baking, daily ‘chores’ doll therapy, shopping (with a shopping list) – and to make these a part of the home. For instance residents might be seen laying tables, folding aprons, arranging flowers for the dining table etc. All these are activities of normal life and help people to feel valued and that they are making a contribution.Outings are also important – fresh air and sunshine can make a world of difference to how someone is feeling. Simple trips to a garden centre, café or a place they are familiar with such as a local market or high street can be extremely beneficial.
We also aim to take people on special day trips; to create new memories, or where this is not possible to emulate these places within the home.
Safety is our prime concern in all care and social activities, but we are not adverse to risk. We recognise the importance of a person maintaining their independence and being able to express their own choices and decisions and we facilitate this for as long as possible, managing and reviewing the risks.